I commend Boyle County School Superintendent Pam Rogers' spirited defense of the provision of arts education in her schools. The commitment to arts education in both Danville and Boyle County schools in recent years has been outstanding. All admit that there is still a long way to go, but with the development of new teacher resources, the addition of central office level leadership and development of creative partnerships with outside arts organizations, we are certainly on the right road. The addition of a well-funded and well-supported Community Arts Center can only add to the progress being made in our schools and our community.
In light of all this local growth in the arts, I was interested in a report on a recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune that pointed to the fact that in any given week more people in America participate (either as audience or performer) in the arts than do in sports (either as player of spectator). Yet when one looks at our local newspaper coverage of these two events we see that sports coverage in the Advocate-Messenger outnumbers arts coverage by six to one! Now my object here is not to denigrate sports, but to suggest that a little equality might appropriate.